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Spring Cleaning For Our Pets All Year Round

Posted by Mia Horberg on Apr 24, 2019 11:40:17 AM

With spring cleaning upon us, I've decided it's not only time to do the deep-cleaning the floors, carpet, and surfaces deserve right this moment, but it's time to use this celebration of sanitization to kickstart myself into better cleaning habits all year round, for myself, and my pets.

From cat trees to recirculating water fountains and beyond, Dr. J and I discuss a lot of the pet-related cleaning that we should be doing with some frequency, that many of us (myself very much included) probably aren't.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, pet-safe cleaning products

Hot Under the Elizabethan Collar

Posted by Mia Horberg on Apr 8, 2019 3:33:59 PM

One of Preventive Vet's newest staff puppies, Mary Berry, just had her spay surgery done, and with it, came the Elizabethan collar that many of us humans refer to as the "Cone of Shame".

While she was banging into walls and the backs of our legs, it brought up some questions for many of us in the office, so we figured it would be a great opportunity for Dr. J to give us the lowdown on all things E-collar, including how to use desensitization training to get your dog or cat used to it before they actually have to wear it.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play

Dog Daycare: What to Expect and is Your Dog a Good Fit?

Posted by Mia Horberg on Mar 25, 2019 3:44:43 PM

Contrary to what many people may believe, not every dog is cut out for doggie daycare — for a host of reasons.

So, if you're thinking about getting your puppy, or even your mature dog started at daycare, this is definitely an episode you won't want to miss.

Dr. J and Mia talk to one of Preventive Vet's newest team members, Cathy Madson, a certified dog behavior and training expert, about what to expect and not expect from a doggie daycare. Health and behavior issues to think about before and while a dog is at daycare. Red flags to turn you away from a daycare facility. And a whole lot more!

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, Socialization, puppy proofing, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, dog daycare

What to Consider Before Getting a Pet for the Holidays (or ever)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Dec 4, 2018 1:38:46 PM

The gift-giving season has arrived, and for many children (and adults), a cute, snuggly dog or cat is on the list of what they are wishing for.

Over the years, there has been a lot of controversy when it comes to whether or not gifting a pet for the holidays is a good, or terrible, idea.

Thankfully, from the data currently being reported, it seems as though a Hanukkah Husky, Christmas Calico, or Kwanzaa King Charles Spaniel isn't such a bad idea...as long as you do it the right way. On today's episode, Dr. J and I go over the pros and cons, lots of things to take into consideration, and if you decide to add a new family member, tips for setting yourself (and them) up for success.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, New Kitten, holiday pet safety tips, Cat Tips, puppy proofing, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, common products toxic to dogs

The All Natural Sugar Substitute That is Toxic for Dogs: Xylitol Awareness

Posted by Mia Horberg on Nov 19, 2018 3:42:14 PM

While this is not a particularly "fun" episode, this is an incredibly important one. Xylitol is an all natural sugar substitute found in an increasing number of products, including some peanut butters, and it is absolutely deadly to dogs.

I can tell you that if I didn't work at Preventive Vet, I probably wouldn't know about Xylitol toxicity (or Xylitol at all), and that is a dangerous place for a dog owner to be, which is why spreading awareness is so important. On today's show, we talk about what Xylitol is, signs that your dog may have ingested Xylitol, important steps to take (immediately) if you know or suspect that your dog has ingested Xylitol, and how you can help other dogs and their families and #GetXylitolOut.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, Xylitol, puppy proofing, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, #IfOnlyIKnew, common products toxic to dogs

Cat Training With Feline Behavior And Training Expert Marci Koski

Posted by Mia Horberg on Nov 4, 2018 3:02:53 PM

We've got a really fun episode with our special guest, Dr. Marci Koski, a feline behavior and training consultant who is helping cats and their humans live better lives together.

She shares a lot of great tips for better communicating with your cats, some great reasons to start training your kitties, and even walks us through a fun training exercise that takes just a few minutes for you and your cat to learn.

We hope to have Marci back with us on another podcast soon. If you've got general cat training or behavior questions, please let us know and we'll do our best to include it on an upcoming show.

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Topics: Cat Behavior, Behavior & Training, Clicker Training, Cat Tips, paws and play, Cat training, feline behavior, feline training

How to Have the Best Halloween with Your Pets

Posted by Mia Horberg on Oct 20, 2018 11:48:51 AM

Halloween is probably my favorite time of year. It's a magical time when people let their creativity shine! And we're not the only ones dressing up — our dogs and cats are now being transformed into Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Chewbacca, Mr. Rogers, and other superheroes.

This episode, Dr. J and I discuss what makes a good Halloween costume for pets, fun ideas for celebrating with them, and of course, how to keep things safe for everyone. If you've got a photo of your animals dressed up, please share them with us, we'd love to see them!

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Topics: Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, Best pet products

How to Choose the Right Collar, Harness, Leash or Lead (and Why it Matters)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Oct 1, 2018 10:18:00 AM

If you're like me, the variety of leashes, leads, collars, and harnesses can make shopping for them an incredibly overwhelming experienceAlso if you're like me, you may be left scratching your head as to why there are so many options.

So, I asked Dr. J to tell me a bit more about the variety of products on the market, why you would want to choose one over another, and why you should absolutely stay away from certain products like retractable leashes, choke & prong collars.

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Topics: Leashes, Dog Collars, Loose-leash Walking, Walking on a Leash, Harness, Dangers of retractable leashes, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Cat Collars, paws and play, Best pet products

Cat Can't Pee? Go to the Vet ASAP!

Posted by Mia Horberg on Sep 17, 2018 11:31:18 AM

If your cat is going into the litter box frequently, straining to pee, or can't pee, stop what you're doing and bring them to your vet or the emergency vet immediately.

Thankfully, this was something I learned early on in my career here at Preventive Vet, because when my cat, Mazel, started exhibiting these symptoms I was able to jump into action and address what ended up being a urethral obstruction before it could do too much damage, or become fatal.

This episode, I share my story in the hopes that it will spread awareness and help others more quickly identify the symptoms, and Dr. J answers some of my post-hospital questions, as well as offers some tips for preventing re-obstruction.

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Topics: Cat Emergency, should I buy pet insurance, Feline Urethral Obstruction, My cat can't pee, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, uo, cat pain

Stopping the Insanity of Pet Obesity

Posted by Mia Horberg on Sep 4, 2018 5:34:02 PM

The battle of the bulge is a painful one I've fought repeatedly — and if watching the news in the last few decades has taught me anything, it's that I'm not alone. Unfortunately, the trend towards packing on the pounds is one that we have passed down to our animal companions.

The good news is, once we stop and take accountability for the extra servings, we also realize it is within our power to help our overweight cats and dogs. On today's episode, we discuss the pet obesity epidemic, and provide some simple ways to eliminate extra calories — and you won't even feel like a meanie!

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Topics: Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, Pet Obesity

Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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Tips & Awareness for Happy Tails
Twice a month, host Mia and regular co-host, Cathy, bring you entertaining health, safety, lifestyle, and training information for your cats and dogs.

Mia is an animal lover, who is lucky enough to be owned by her kitty, Mazel, and senior pug, Mabel. In her off-time she and her wife volunteer at a goat rescue, watch Golden Girls & Psych marathons, and celebrate Halloween and Christmas all year round.

Cathy is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant who believes that dog training is a lifestyle and should never feel like a chore. When she's not talking dogs, she's probably reading about them while enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir.

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